July 2020

Making Meaning

One of the things I love about my current job is teaching in our Learning, Design, and Technology MA program. Not only are the students brilliant, but I get to teach about Domains and creating their professional digital identity through their final portfolio and beyond. I really enjoy working with the students on helping them…

Poetry: Chewing on Words

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within…. Alfred Lord Tennyson flickr photo by Nick Kenrick.. shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license I wrote this poem for the #ds106 Daily Create, which asked about unusual food combinations, and I went with words instead … Chewing on words a poem’s rough edges […]

Zooming With A Talking Alpaca

I should just end the post with this as a title. Leave ’em guessing, right? It was appropriate today started reading an utterly brilliant essay by Parimal Satyal, Rediscovering The Small Web (thanks to Jay Hoffman): Most websites today are built like commercial products by professionals and marketers, optimised to draw the largest audience, generate […]

Pigeon Pedagogy

These were my remarks today during my “flipped” keynote at DigPed. You can read the transcript of my keynote here.

We haven’t had a dog in well over a decade. Kin and I travel so much that it just seemed cruel. But now, what with the work-from-home or…

Building a Gaming Console on a Raspberry Pi

To say this professional year has trended more on the stressful end would be a bit of understatement. The pivot to remote learning in the spring was quickly followed by summer/fall planning starting in May. My summer course, slated to take place for a third time in Arezzo, Italy, was moved online. Between Spring break […]

Leadership Site Wins a Bronze

I’m allowed to brag a bit, right? Word came via email that a WordPress site I built last year for BC Corrections (hosted by and working with folks the Justice Institute of British Columbia) won a bronze prize from the Horizon Interactive Awards. I wrote several posts about the making of the BC Corrections Leadership […]


I’m slowly starting to get genuinely excited about the fall semester. It finally clicked for me on Sunday, when I started a fresh outline of the book I’m teaching in honors seminar, Nicholas Lemann’s The Big Test. The book is twenty years old now, but I’m still catching fresh depth in it; parts of the… Continue reading Collision